Thursday, May 26, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Magnetic Fields Frontman Stephin Merritt to Release Obscurities

The Magnetic Fields frontman Stephin Merritt is set to release 'Obscurities' on Aug. 23 on Merge Records. The release will focus on rare and hard to find Stephin Merritt tracks and will be released on CD, LP and download.

Merritt fans will be glad to hear that Obscurities contains five previously unreleased songs, some of which are taken from a never-finished sci-fi musical called The Song From Venus. Also included are songs from Neil Gaiman’s audiobook Coraline and outakes from The Magnetic Fields’ 69 Love Songs album. B-sides from various vinyl singles from The Magnetic Fields round out the track list.

Obscurities Track List

1. Forever and a Day (previously unreleased)
2. Rats in the Garbage of the Western World (The Magnetic Fields)
3. I Don’t Believe You (The Magnetic Fields)
4. Plant White Roses (Buffalo Rome)
5. Rot in the Sun (the 6ths)
6. The Sun and the Sea and the Sky (previously unreleased)
7. Yet Another Girl (the 6ths)
8. Scream (Till you Make the Scene) (previously unreleased)
9. The Song from Venus (previously unreleased)
10. Beach-A-Boop-Boop (The Magnetic Fields)
11. When I’m Not Looking, You’re Not There (The Magnetic Fields)
12. Take Ecstasy with Me (The Magnetic Fields)
13. When You’re Young and In Love (previously unreleased)
14. You Are Not My Mother and I Want to Go Home (The Gothic Archies)


in North Carolina High Country, vinyl doing well!

641rpm Goes All Vinyl in a Digital Age

Story by Jesse Wood

641rpm, a record store on King Street in Boone, has sold off nearly all of its CD stock and will now strictly sell vinyl records.

In a digital age, a record store solely selling vinyl isn’t as bizarre as it seems. Though digital music dominates album sales, vinyl record sales have increased since 1991. In 2010, the Nielsen Company reported that vinyl record sales increased 14 percent from the previous year with 2.8 million units sold, and in 2011, vinyl record sales are up 37 percent from the same period last year. The top selling artists for vinyl in 2010 included older artists such as The Beatles and Bob Dylan, as well as newer artists such as The Black Keys.

For 641rpm, last month’s national Record Store Day was a turning point.

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Deep Purple to Tour US With Symphony Orchestra

Deep Purple is scheduled to embark on a short North American tour next month and will be accompanied by a symphony orchestra. The band will also play one show without the orchestra in San Francisco. Deep Purple have already been offering up their symphonic presentation in Europe to great success and acclaim.

The band -- featuring classic-era members Ian Gillan (vocals), Roger Glover (bass) and Ian Paice (drums, percussion) and rounded out by Steve Morse (guitar) and Don Airey (keyboards) -- will begin their US tour on June 3rd. Dubbled Deep Purple: The Songs That Built Rock, the tour runs through June 25th. By utilizing strings and a symphony, Deep Purple favorites like 'Smoke on the Water' will be elevated to a whole other level.

Deep Purple tour dates:

Fri 6/3 - Orillia, ON Casino Rama
Sat 6/4 - Quebec City, QC Agora
Mon 6/6 - Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Tue 6/7 - Boston, MA Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre
Wed 6/8 - Hartford, CT Mortensen Hall at the Bushnell
Fri 6/10 - Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Sat 6/11 - Atlantic City, NJ Tropicana
Sun 6/12 - Bethel Woods, NY Bethel Performing Arts Center
Tue 6/14 - New York, NY Beacon Theater
Wed 6/15 - New York, NY Beacon Theater
Fri 6/17 - Detroit, MI Fox Theater
Sat 6/18 - Highland Park, IL Ravinia
Sun 6/19 - Minneapolis, MN Orpheum
Thu 6/23 - Las Vegas, NV The Pearl at the Palms Casino
Fri 6/24 - Los Angeles, CA Greek Theater
Sat 6/25 - Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheater


in tampa bay, vinyl is HOT!


and in music history for today:

In 1933, country music pioneer Jimmie Rodgers died at the Taft Hotel in New York City from complications due to tuberculosis. The Singing Brakeman—often hailed as The Father of Country Music—was only 35 at the time of his death.

In 1953, after hitchhiking to the event, Elvis Presley won second prize in a Meridian, Mississippi talent show.

In 1962, the Isley Brothers' "Twist and Shout" was released on Wand Records. It will rise to #17 on the US Pop chart and will be covered two years later by The Beatles, whose version rose to #2.

In 1963, Elvis Presley recorded "(You're The) Devil In Disguise", which will peak at #3 on the Billboard chart and #1 in the UK by next August and be certified Gold by the RIAA for sales in excess of 500,000 units in the US.

In 1964, Marianne Faithfull recorded the Mick Jagger/Keith Richards/Andrew Loog Oldham song, “As Tears Go By,” accompanied by future Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page on guitar and John Paul Jones on bass.

In 1966, the Beatles began recording “Yellow Submarine” at EMI Studios on Abbey Road in London. The Ringo-sung track would go to #1 in the U.K. after its release in August of that year.

In 1968, American R&B artist Little Willie John died of a heart attack in prison after being convicted of manslaughter. The artist, born William Edward John, was the first to record Eddie Cooley and John Davenport’s “Fever” (also covered by Peggy Lee in 1958) and Mertis John, Jr.’s “Need Your Love So Bad” (later covered by Fleetwood Mac). James Brown recorded a tribute album the same year, titled Thinking about Little Willie John and a Few Nice Things.

In 1969, John and Yoko began a seven-day “bed-in” in room 1742 of the hotel La Reine Elizabeth in Montreal, Canada to promote world peace. John Lennon recorded "Give Peace a Chance" in a room at Hotel La Reine Elizabeth in Montreal, Canada. The voices of Tommy Smothers and Petula Clark can be heard on the chorus. The song was credited to Lennon / McCartney, even though Paul had nothing to do with the record. Lennon may have been showing his appreciation for McCartney's help on "The Ballad of John and Yoko" single, which the two of them recorded without George and Ringo.

In 1971, Don McLean recorded the epic track, “American Pie.” The song, which obliquely recounts the 1959 plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper, hit #1 in the U.S.

In 1972, just when Mott the Hoople were on the brink of breaking up, David Bowie offered the group two of his new songs: “Suffragette City,” which they turned down, and “All the Young Dudes,” which they recorded. The song gave the group a #3 hit in the U.K. and made the Top 40 in the U.S.

In 1973, the Edgar Winter Group went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Frankenstein.” The instrumental was the band’s only U.S. #1 (it reached #18 in the U.K.). In addition to Winter’s wild keyboards, the song also featured ex-McCoys guitarist Rick Derringer.

In 1973, Deep Purple's "Smoke On The Water" was released. The song is based on the true story of how someone had fired a flare gun into the ceiling of the Casino in Montreux, Switzerland, during a concert by Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention. The resulting fire destroyed the building where Deep Purple was set to record a live album the next day. The single will reach #5 in the US and #21 in the UK.

In 1974, 14-year old Bernadette Whelan was crushed by the crowd at a London concert of teen idol David Cassidy. She would die four days later. Cassidy is so shaken by the incident, he wouldn't tour again for 11 years.

In 1977, KISS provided a vial of their blood to Marvel Comics to be mixed with the ink in a KISS comic book.

In 1994, Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley were married in the Dominican Republic. They were divorced in January of 1996.

In 2006, Desmond Dekker, a Jamaican reggae pioneer famed for his worldwide hit "The Israelites", died of a heart attack at his home in England. He was 64.

birthday wishes to Levon Helm (Band) (71), Garry Peterson (Guess Who) (66), and the great Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac) (63)

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